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Samad UAV Starling

Starling UAV

UAV Starling
Samad Aerospace Ltd.
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

The Samad Aerospace UAV Starling is a hybrid-electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that will be used for delivery, observation, and patrol missions.

The UAV Starling will be a fully electric UAV. It is a fixed wing aircraft with a V-tail. Three jet engines are fixed above the wings and in the center of the aircraft. Two alternate configurations, the fully electric e-Starling and hybrid electric Starling, are also being developed by Samad. While the company originally planned to initiate full-scale tests of the UAV Starling in 2018, the current status is unknown.


  • Aircraft type: hybrid electric VTOL aircraft
  • Pilots: None
  • Passengers: None
  • Cruise speed: 104 knots (193 km/h, 120 mph)
  • Range: 482 km (300 miles)
  • Wingspan: 3 m (9 ft)
  • Propeller Count: 3
  • Payload weight: 88 lb (40 kg)
  • Wing type: Fixed-wing
  • Tail assembly: V-tail